16 DECEMBER 2013

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Article from BTNews 16 DECEMBER 2013

‘Nanook’ and ‘Seawolf’ honoured

Mascots and school colours from two of Alaska's most heated collegiate rivals, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will soon be featured on two of Alaska Airlines' Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

The colourful paint themes were unveiled on 8 December to a crowd of fans at the Sullivan Arena where the Alaska ‘Nanooks’ and UAA ‘Seawolf’ hockey teams met in the first of a four-game series to claim the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup.

"We're thrilled to show Alaska Airlines' strong support of education while growing our fleet of university paint themes with our first two schools in Alaska," said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president – Alaska.

Like other university-themed aircraft operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air, the Nanook and Seawolf planes will be painted at no cost to the university and will fly primarily between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak when the carrier introduces the 76-seat Q400 to the state of Alaska on 3 March, 2014.

The aircraft will be painted and unveiled in February and will be the 10th and 11th university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon Air since 2008.  www.alaskaair.com

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